Nighttime Skin Care Tips
Everyone has their nighttime ritual before going to bed. Whether it's packing your lunch for the next day, setting your alarms, doing some reading, or tucking your kids into bed, there are all sorts of things people do to make sure they are prepared for sleep and for the day ahead. For many, an evening routine includes a skin care regimen with products specifically designed for nighttime use. If you don't already have a nightly skin care plan, now is the best time to start one. Here are some of our tips to help you establish a basic, beneficial skin care routine before bed and make sure you're including healthy practices each night.
Why does cleansing your skin before bed make such a difference? For starters, washing your face is an effective way to keep your skin healthy. Throughout the day, skin picks up a good amount of dirt and excess oil which encourage both the good and bacteria to increase. For those who wear makeup, your makeup removal products may leave behind traces of product that can clog pores. Consequently, it's important for both health and appearance to wash your face before bed to make sure everything is removed prior to laying your head down on your pillow. When makeup is left on, it may also block the skin's natural exfoliating cycle and leave the skin looking dull when you wake up the next day. Cleansing your face every night is beneficial for anti-aging purposes. Blood flows through your skin much faster at night, which means ingredients in nighttime products are more efficiently absorbed into the skin. When products are applied after your face is washed, they will be able to sink into the skin and work their magic. Be sure to wash your face with warm water, as cold or hot water can cause irritation.
Toners and Serums
Toners and serums for nighttime use can make a positive difference to your skin. Toners are liquids used after cleansing to remove anything your cleanser may have missed, including excess makeup, and are designed for all types of skin. Hydrating toners help those with dry skin, while toners designed for those with oily skin will help reduce excess oil that appears on the skin's surface. Serums are different because they are designed to treat specific issues, but they're a thinner consistency and penetrate deeper into the skin. Serums contain active ingredients to help the skin with whatever it is struggling with, whether it's signs of aging or acne. If you think your skin could benefit from a serum, be sure to speak with your dermatologist about the products you will need.
Using a moisturizer is both a morning and nightly essential for keeping your skin healthy and hydrated. But, there is a difference between daytime and nighttime moisturizers. A moisturizer for daytime use is typically lighter because it's designed to be used under makeup products. These moisturizers may also contain some degree of SPF. Nighttime moisturizers are designed to be thicker so the skin can absorb the product over several hours. Try using a moisturizer that contains retinoids so your skin can repair damage that has occurred throughout the day as an anti aging strategy. Retinoids also help clear congestion from the pores. Nighttime is also an opportunity for you to moisturize more than just your face. Apply a lotion to your arms and legs to keep the rest of your skin hydrated and comfortable. Areas like your elbows, knees, and heels tend to be the most dry, so make sure these spots are maintained too.